At one of our weekly group meetings we had some special guests: educators from several elementary schools.
While they were there to thank us for supporting their respective schools, it didn’t take them long to “turn” on us.
Giving great examples, and using us as the “students” one of the educators talked about the new scoring system.
Then the discussion turned to the pros and cons of homework.
Supporters say homework is great for children because it teaches them responsibility. And discipline.
The opposing camp says that it turns kids into, “couch potatoes.”
And that just studying in class shows outstanding results.
Talking about the elementary schools:
Strong evidence shows that homework does NOT improve academic performance.
Statements like these come from well-known researchers from Duke University.
A growing number of educators believe that younger students can better use their after school hours playing.
Instilling a love of reading in your children is going to ignite a thirst for knowledge.
And that love for learning will serve them much better in their adult life.
(Personally I couldn’t help but think,
“Why weren’t these studies available when I was in school?!”
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